The reason behind the high salaries of the actors and actresses is because of the streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon. It’s because these platforms have to compensate their stars with colossal up-front pay since they cannot offer backend deals just like studios that do traditional theatrical releases.
#1 Daniel Craig – $100 million (“Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3”)
Netflix just got in and bought the rights of the movie for reportedly $450 million to create into a franchise. Craig will walk away with $100 million when production wraps on the movies.
#2 Dwayne the Rock- $50 million (“Red One”)
The Rock has been partnering up with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”to serve a holiday-themed action-adventure movie for Amazon. That actually looks like a nice bump from the $22 million he will earn for Netflix’s “Red Notice,” the upcoming action movie.
#3 Will Smith — $40 million (“King Richard”)
Smith stands still in the list of highest-paid actors for decades. This continues with his role in his upcoming movie “King Richards”
where he plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams.
#4 Denzel Washington — $40 million (“The Little Things”)
Denzel Washington’s work has to him earning some huge checks. That was also the case with his 2021 performance as a troubled detective in “The Little Things.
#5 Leonardo DiCaprio — $30 million (“Don’t Look Up”)
This versatile actor stars against Jennifer Lawrence in his upcoming “Don’t Look Up.” DiCaprio had earned one of his biggest paydays ever for the role.
#6 Mark Wahlberg — $30 million (“Spencer Confidential”)
Wahlberg’s starring role in this action-comedy has paved his way into one of the most-watched original Netflix titles of all time leading to 85 million views in its first 28 days of release.
#7 Jennifer Lawrence — $25 million (“Don’t Look Up”)
Here goes the first female actor to show up on the list. She’s getting paid $5 million less than the $30 million DiCaprio.
#8 Julia Roberts — $25 million (“Leave the World Behind”)
Here comes another female actor. Roberts will be landing a big check to star opposite Denzel Washington in this Netflix drama that examines the lives of two families over a long weekend.
#9 Sandra Bullock — $20 million (“The Lost City of D”)
The third one in a row. Bullock will take in a sizable paycheck for this comedy in which she plays a romance novelist. The movie is in for a huge theatrical theatre.
#10 Ryan Gosling — $20 million (“The Gray Man”)
Gosling will play a CIA operative that turned into a fugitive in this Netflix thriller. It will also have Chris Evans as the CIA agent tasked with tracking him down.